, for the fiscal cliff and start off our new year and new congress with a proper welcome for our constituents and our colleagues. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from minnesota rise? without objection. >> madam speaker, many years ago our friends on the conservative side of the political aisle told us that if we cut taxes for the wealthiest among us, they would get more money which they would use to invest in plant and equipment and then all the rest of us working class, middle class folks, would benefit by rich people having more money because then they would hire us and we would have a stronger economy. mr. ellison: he they put this plan into implementation in 2001 and 2003. it was by far the most anemic decade we have seen in many, many decades. . if you contrast it to the 1990's, we had a better economy. when president clinton handed president bush the reins to the government, he handed him also a surplus. the fact is the conservative experiment, based on the ideas of a guy named arthur, and others, have failed.